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BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:15 P.M.) – The Turkish Army has deployed tens more infantry fighting vehicles to the frontlines in Syria’s Afrin region as part of a reinforcement package aimed at bolster its hitting power against Kurdish forces.

Yesterday, photos (shown below) emerged showing one of several new mechanized companies that the Turkish Army is deploying to Afrin in a bid to offer more fire support to troops and allied proxy fighters currently battling Kurdish forces throughout the region.

The mechanized reinforcements are ACV-15 infantry fighting vehicles.

In addition to severing as traditional battle-wagons for mechanized troops riding into battle, the semi-asymmetrical nature of the fighting in Afrin has also seen the armored vehicle be used as a standalone fire support weapon.

To this end, the 25-mm cannon on the ACV-15 offers exceptional hitting power against soft-targets and earth-based positions.

Although the Turkish Army reinforcements are being deployed at battalion-level strength, they will likely be dispersed into separate infantry units when they finally enter combat.

Andrew Illingworth | AMN
Andrew Illingworth | AMN
Andrew Illingworth | AMN
Andrew Illingworth | AMN
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Unusal tactics to send units one by one. Did Turkey underestimate the Kurdish resolve an strength at first?

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prince teutonic

They are trying to saturate SDF’s defences or in other words trying to reach “critical mass”…

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Karel Vd Geest

Some dozen APC’s to the Afrin front is not even enough to make up for the some 70+ armoured vehicles and tanks already lost by the invaders.

With rumours and (unconfirmed) news of SAA entering Afrin, invaders are going to need those cars and SDF needs them too as they, so far, have only seized two as of yet.

Afrin is becoming a swamp for TSK and their unholy mercenaries, swallowing up more and more turkish resources. If this continues very much longer, there will come a time those lossess, especially upgraded main battle tanks, cannot be replaced.

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INSTEAD OF SITTING DUCKS MORE SITTING TURKEYS

AFRIN Sunday, 18 Feb 2018, 15:52

Seven gang members were killed and several were wounded by SDF fighters in Raco on Sunday, SDF sources said.

The gang members were killed as SDF fighters took an action against Turkish military positions around Raco’s Bilika village.

Turkish warplanes bombed the area after SDF’s operation.

In another development Turkish artillery bombed Hebu, Sariya, Dimiliya and Bedina villages of Mabata district with howitzers and mortars.